The following testimonials were written about the Imagination Library of Franklin County and how it has affected a child or family:
Emma Jane Rosenberger’s 1st Book
L-R: Grandmother Linda Rosenberger, Emma Jane Rosenberger, and Teacher Chelsea Stenger.
Emma Jane Rosenberger recently told the Franklin County School Board about writing her first book, Jonah the Explorer.
Ms. Rosenberger, a 4th grader at Mt. Carmel School, collaborated with her grandmother Linda Rosenberger and illustrator Kathy Hilbert to tell the story of her pet hamster Jonah getting lost under the stove.
Ms. Rosenberger’s love of books started as a small child when she received monthly books in the mail from Franklin County’s Imagination Library. Her teacher Chelsea Stenger encouraged her to write the book about Jonah. Fifteen copies have been printed so far and Ms. Rosenberger is working on publishing more copies. A second book is underway about the exploits of Jonah and his hamster buddies named Teeny and Tiny.
The Imagination Library of Franklin County has enrolled over 1,000 preschoolers into the free program since 2008. Any child between birth and 5 years old, who is a resident of Franklin County, is eligible for the program and can be enrolled at either the Brookville or Laurel libraries. The child will receive a free book each month by mail. Donations to the Imagination Library of Franklin County can be mailed to Brookville Public Library, 919 Main Street, Brookville, Indiana, 47012.
Reported by Sara Duffy